Supervisor Assessment Test Preparation and Study Guides

There are many different versions of the supervisory skills exam. The purpose of these assessments is to test your ability and willingness to perform the tasks inherent in a supervisory job. You will face questions that measure your comprehension of the principles, behaviors and practices of successful supervisors. The focus is on leadership.

In the field of management testing, a dozen basic competencies are highlighted:

  • Planning and Organizing
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coaching/Mentoring/Motivating Employees
  • Training/Technical Skills
  • Behavior – Integrity and other personality traits
  • Teamwork – Establishing teams and trust
  • Leadership/Decision-Making/Managing Others

Most supervisory assessments are composed of two sections:

  • Cognitive Ability Test
  • Personality Questionnaire

Cognitive Ability Test

An aptitude test is an important part of almost all managerial exams. While the cognitive test questions vary from one supervisory assessment to another, generally these topics will be covered:

  • Number-related – Arithmetic and numerical reasoning, including numerical data analysis involving percentages, ratios, interest rates, tables, word problems, chart.
  • Reading Comprehension – Passages, each followed by questions focused on an understanding and analysis of the passage
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT) – The Supervisory SJT scenarios of daily on-the-job situations, along with questions designed to exhibit and predict your actions and reactions if hired for the supervisory position. 
  • Personality Questionnaire

Personality Questionnaire

Personality exams are used to determine the candidate whose behavioral traits are best suited for the particular organization as well as for the specific supervisory position. Most managerial personality tests are based on the Big Five Model, comprised of the five primary personality elements: Agreeableness, Emotional Stability, Conscientiousness, Openness and Extroversion.

When taking the personality exam, you can expect to find a myriad of short statements. Every statement carries a series defining the degree to which the statement refers to your attitudes and behaviors. The alternatives range from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

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